How to identify dry rot

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How to identify dry rot

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Dry rot is a problem that can affect timber homes especially in bushland settings and damp areas. It makes the timber membrane soft and spongy. Left alone, it can reduce the structural integrity of your home. We’ll show you how to spot fungal and animal infestations in your home before it’s too late.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Check exterior for problems
2 Call in experts to treat your wood
  • Step 1. Check exterior for problems

    If you own a timber home, it’s important to frequently check the exterior for problems. Different types of fungus as well as animal infestations can get into your timber. These can be a big problem, especially if it is in structural areas of your home.
  • Step 2. Call in experts to treat your wood

    If you have identified any problem areas in your timber from dry rot or animal infestations, it’s time to call in an inspector. They will be able to treat your issues before they get any larger. Just remember, the longer you leave a problem you find the worse it could get, and could prove costly to fix.
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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